The Chinese New year, a.k.a, the Lunar new year is definitely a noteworthy festival on the Asian Calendar. For those of you who are not well-acquainted with this beautiful festival which paints the town red every year (not just figuratively), here are some interesting facts about the festival. The date of the festival varies each year, every year starts with the zodiac year of an animal, this year being the year of The Golden Pig and Success, it goes on for 16 days, and is celebrated by 1/4th the world’s population (WOW! Right?!).
We have your attention now, don’t we? There’s much more to CNY but you’ve got to be part of the celebrations to experience it for yourself. And one of the best ways to join the action is at ICONSIAM Eternal Prosperity Chinese New Year 2019.
ICONSIAM has been on our bucketlist of places to go to for a while now, whether it’s retail therapy, the amazing spread at the food court or the massive 400m long fountain (Yes, the largest one in Southeast Asia), this place is a must visit and you really have to see it to believe it.
The festivities begin on Feb. 2 and go on all the way to the Feb. 5.
There are many performances scheduled for people of all kinds and all ages. There will be an authentic Chinese Opera (performed in Chinese with Thai subtitles) at the River Park at 6:30pm, as well as a performance in Thai at the Charoen Nakorn Hall, M Floor at 4pm, on all four days of the festivities.
China’s Hunan Acrobatic Art Theater will be there as well with their complete ensemble for your viewing pleasure (no pun intended). You can expect to be amazed at their performance, human pyramids, flying dances, flexible contortionists, and whatnot. Catch them at the River Park at 8pm or at the Charoen Nakorn Hall, M Floor at 4:30pm on all four days of the festivities as well.
At 8pm every evening there will be a 108 meter long LED Dragon! (We wonder how fast Usain Bolt could get across that). This exhibition will take place at the River Park from 8pm to 9pm. The Performers are a team of Asian Championship Winning Lion Dancers who will also be performing a lion dance with 20 lions. It’s gonna be a jam-packed line up at the River Park everyday throughout the festivities.
The Day of Chinese New Year, Feb. 4, will be a special day as James Ma and Kimberly will join the festivities. James will even be a part of the lion dance. So all you fanboys and fangirls out there, you DO NOT want to miss this.
Apart from a packed line-up of exotic performances, ICONSIAM also has a range of activities that people from all ages can try their hand at in the Charoen Nakorn Hall. There’s the China market, Chi-chi sticks for luck, workshop for writing Chinese characters, auspicious paper-cutting activities, workshops for making ancient Chinese toys, and more. Believe it or not, all these extravagant performances and fun-filled activities are compliments of the house — so yes, for once you can have fun without burning a hole through your pockets!
Oh and that’s not all on the activities front, on the first floor, Feng Shui masters Dr. Phanuwat and Ajarn Suwimol Phanwichartkul and their team from Miracles of Feng Shui will give you a glimpse into your fortune according to your Chinese birth year, for a small sum, of course, but it’s guaranteed to be worth your while. While you’re there, you can also have a look at an exhibition on Chinese Opera, and take part in a workshop on painting Chinese Opera masks as well.
Well, enough said about the festivities at ICONSIAM between the 2nd and 5th of February. Mark your calendars and head on down to ICONSIAM to experience all of it first hand. Have a fun-packed festival season and an Exciting and Prosperous Chinese New Year!